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Thrawn: Treason

(Star Wars: Thrawn #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  10,089 ratings  ·  856 reviews
Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, p
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Del Rey
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Elena There are two Thrawn Trilogies now :) The old one is not canon anymore, it's part of the Legends. The new one (Thrawn, Alliances, Treason) is indeed c…moreThere are two Thrawn Trilogies now :) The old one is not canon anymore, it's part of the Legends. The new one (Thrawn, Alliances, Treason) is indeed canon. Probably will extend beyond a trilogy with new books coming.(less)

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Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I was a little dubious about this book. After the last book being slightly sub-par (good instead of great), and Thrawn's character in Rebels bring more Imperial then any other incarnation of him. I was not sure what to expect from this book. I am glad to say I loved it and could not put it down.

The story takes place a week before the finale of Rebels season 3. Thrawn is seemingly brought in as a pawn of Tarkin, to use make a grab for a certain battle station. Then Thrawn's loyalties
Peter Hale
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as unfinished
It's Treason, then. ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before tackling Treason, the book in front of us, I would like to put out a few preliminaries:

At one point Lucasfilm/Disney decided to reject the Star Wars universe that they had encouraged and eliminated more than 100 novels and short stories that fleshed-out the initial vision. Thrawn was a character that was part of that rejection, but it seems that he has been allowed back into Disney/Lucasfilm graces.

Why is this series compelling? This is the third book in the new Thrawn series If interest
Jonathan Koan
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the lead up to Thrawn Treason, I had heard tid-bits and read some reviews from people I usually agree with that said that Thrawn Treason was a mediocre book and probably the worst of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn related books.

That, for me at least, was definitely not the case.

Thrawn Treason is a fun, intriguing novel. By the end, I felt as if Timothy Zahn had created a book that combined the concepts of George Lucas and Agatha Christie. The language and word choice used feels just exactly like what
Michael O'Brien
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good entertaining read --- the best way to wrap up the Thrawn Trilogy. I won't go into detail, but the beginning of the plot starts with Grand Admiral Thrawn seemingly being given the mundane task well below his high rank --- of all things ---- pest control --- which, surprisingly he accepts. Somewhat akin to, during World War 2, Admiral Nimitz being tasked by FDR to investigate excess barnacle build ups on ship hulls.

Perhaps due to Thrawn's ability to sense things being much more than what th
Alexander Sison
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seeing all the good reviews here, I'm so happy that they got something good out of this.

But sadly for me, it just seemed to have taken several steps back from the previous books.

In case anyone's wondering, I have read the Heir to the Empire trilogy a decade and more ago, and I remember fairly enjoying it.

In 2017 I remember cracking open the new Thrawn novel. I was a little excited, but not too much because I thought the whole hullabaloo over Zahn might be a little overblown. Little did I know
Jim C
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third book of a trilogy but it can be read as a stand alone. In this one, Thrawn takes on a challenge of solving a problem that is affecting the completion of Stardust (if you watched Rogue One you know what this is). He thought it was something simple but it turns into so much more.

I have to admit this one wasn't my favorite of this trilogy. It had some parts that I really enjoyed and some that just did not hit home for me. To me, Thrawn didn't shine in this book as minor characters
Ben Brown
Well, it finally happened: Timothy Zahn wrote a “Thrawn” book that I actually sorta semi-liked.

Don’t get me wrong: there’s still a LOT in “Thrawn: Treason” – the third and what looks to be the final chapter in Zahn’s canon “Thrawn” trilogy – that I did NOT like. For one thing: after having now read three of his novels, I am unconvinced that there is a writer on the face of the planet who loves exposition quite as much as Timothy Zahn does. While one could certainly an argument that writing a ch
If you are thinking of reading the trilogy, don't. Just read the first book. The enjoyment diminishes in every sequel. While Zahn might be the best new Disney Canon writer that I read so far, his plotting and story really need more work. Since this is Thrawn's last novel (so far), I had hight expectation that it would end with a crescendo. It did not. The book was a slog. If it were not because of the excellent audio narration and the great production (background music included), I would DNF it ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars, fiction
This book is like reading a turn-by-turn description of a game of Risk being played by people I don't know, where one of the players correctly predicts every move for the entire game.

On page 181, are we to imagine that Sisay is making the Vulcan salute?
Unseen Library
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Thrawn: Treason from Penguin Random House Australia to review.

Rating of 4.5.

The master of Star Wars extended universe novels, Timothy Zahn, returns with a third incredible book in his outstanding Thrawn series, Treason, which features the final adventure of his most iconic protagonist, Grand Admiral Thrawn, before his last appearance in Star Wars: Rebels.

In Treason, which is set in the midst of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn is forced to postpone his campaign
This book offered closure on absolutely zero topics.

Is this a trilogy or a tetrology? I know Zahn has more Thrawn pitches, and they had BETTER let him make it a tetrology. I need answers. Seriously, answers on at least ONE mystery would be nice.

Anyway, did I enjoy this book? Absolutely. It takes place entirely before the Rebels finale, and the tension of knowing that this is Thrawn's last hurrah before he gets yeeted into the vacuum by Ezra's space whales definitely ramped up the tension. At fir
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I found this to be pretty boring, it just felt too similar to the previous books and it didn’t add anything new or particularly interesting.
Chris Wermeskerch
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
So proud of my boy Eli and his Chiss fam
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This third novel which wraps up the new canonical Thrawn trilogy quite nicely, and might actually be my favorite of the three books. As readers have come to expect from this series, Treason once more takes us into the mind of the Star Wars’s greatest military strategist and tactician, the blue-skinned red-eyed Chiss alien known as Grand Admiral Thrawn. His creator and author Timothy Zahn also takes this opportunity to furt
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually probably enjoyed this as much as the first if not a little better. Thrawn is as great as ever. Some of the dialgoue is a little stilted but we learn a little more about the empires plans. Plot wise it started off great. 2/3in and it slowed a little bit. Havent read the original trilogy so not sure how this compares. Still a fun fanboy read.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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talk about “real housewives of imperial leadership” vibes

GOD...i love
My single complaint is that there was not nearly enough Eli in this book. But considering that Eli was in it at all is a huge win.

As others have said, this is by no means a perfect book, but it held my attention and made me love these characters (and new ones, I need more Dayja STAT) even more than I already did.

I cannot wait for the Ascendency trilogy to show us Thrawn's past and to see where Zahn will take him next.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sigh. What a waste of a Thrawn book. There are zero real stakes here, making this story pointless. Still, I hope Timothy Zahn will be able to write Thrawn related books that take place after the events of the Rebels TV show.
Ai Miller
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This was just delightful. It moved SO quickly, the pacing was so good--I read it in just a few days, and couldn't really put it down. It had everything I've come to quickly love about Thrawn, and I will say that Zahn's talented because he made me care about people who work for the Empire. It was nice to see the development of a bunch of characters, like Commodore Fero. I will say that I went in without having seen any of Rebels but still had an amazing time--I might have missed some things, but ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Zahn hasn't lost his touch... at all.

Set in the time frame between episodes 10 and 15 of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn is forced to go and defend his TIE Defender project against the need for additional resources for project Stardust, what we know better as the Death Star.

Forced to gamble his funds against his help on a logistical issue on project Stardust, he encounters also a bigger threat, which was discussed in Thrawn: Alliances. But he is no
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, favorites
Audiobook review for 2nd reading. As usual the audiobook read by Marc Thompson is phenomenal. I really hope Admiral Ar'alani and Thrawn meet again post season 4 of Rebels. Upon rereading this book I caught all the hints for the third act sprinkled through the book and how all were utilized, no thought left dangling. I hope when we learn what happened after Ezra kidnapped the entire Seventh Fleet that this bridge crew and Faro are alive and well. I've become rather fond of them. The examanination ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
“May warrior’s fortune be ever in your favor.”

A fun read, if shallow and obvious. Hey, it’s Star Wars. The question is never whether Thrawn will outsmart most everyone, but how.

“I don’t think he said no,” [she] said. “Just not yet. So stop pouting, Senior Lieutenant, and get your crews ready.” She looked out the viewport. “The universe is about to get interesting again.”

Timothy Zahn is exceptional in the Legends (formerly Expanded Universe) of Stars Wars (both BD and AD: Before Disney and After
Jay DeMoir
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
"It's treason then" -Palpatine

despite the cover, Palpatine isn't featured heavily in this book. It was ultimately bland
Just so you know where I’ll be going with this, Thrawn: Treason is, without a doubt, my favorite book to come out of Disney’s Star Wars yet (I won’t say ever because Zahn is slated to write a second Thrawn trilogy) and it has quickly scaled up the ranks of my all time favorite books.

Treason is the third book in what is now a trilogy and it is a perfect finale to this arc in Thrawn’s story and jives amazingly well with the timeline constraints exerted on the character by the fourth season of Reb
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've yet to read Zahns original Thrawn trilogy, though I do plan on checking it out at some point. I've read this new canon trilogy pretty close together because I only got to reading the first book a little earlier in the year.

This is better than Alliances but not as good as the first book. I wanted to see more of the members of the Empire being unhappy about the funding Stardust was getting, taking it away from the fleet and other military forces. The Chiss Ascendancy the Grysk stuff was cool,
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't into this at all. I found about 90% of the book to be completely uninteresting, but at least I finished it and the entire trilogy. Oh and I guess this ties into Rebels? That sounds pretty cool. ...more
Eli Hornyak
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alliances was kind of a eh, but this book redeemed for an excellent finish to this story arc.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I wanted to give this five stars. I really did, but I couldn't.

It's very obvious Zahn was restricted by the time table given to him, considering that this takes place in the week between Hera Syndulla's capture and the Battle of Lothal.

Because of this, many of the events of Treason felt rushed, and character/relationship development felt rushed or incomplete. The ending also was very abrupt, unsatisfying and left many questions unanswered.

The plot and its revelations were all sa
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more

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